Frequently Asked Questions – The Bay Area Addiction Detox Center
WHAT IS AN ADDICTION?
Addiction is any dependence on a mind-altering substance that continues despite the negative consequences that it has on an individual, and those around them. Drug and alcohol addiction specifically is categorized as a disease that affects the brain’s chemistry. This has been defined many times over by health professionals as a medical disease and should be treated as one.
When dealing with substance abuse, common signs that addiction is taking shape are an inability to cease use of a substance despite negative consequences, increased irritability—or the presence of withdrawal symptoms—without the substance, voluntarily engaging in destructive behavior to obtain the substance, etc. What will most often point out an addict is their many attempts to stop using a substance on their own, to no avail.
WHO WE TREAT, AND WHAT WE OFFER
We treat all walks of life here at Bay Addiction Detox Center. We can treat teens from ages 13-17, and adults 18 or older, who are struggling with addiction to alcohol, prescription, or illegal drugs. We offer only medical detox and outpatient treatment services at this time.
WHAT SPECIFIC ADDICTIONS DO WE TREAT?
We treat all forms of substance abuse issues. The most common are:
- Prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, or Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, etc.
If you have a question about the efficacy of treatment for a specific drug, please contact us directly to confidentially speak with one of our drug addiction specialists.
HOW CONFIDENTIAL IS THE PROGRAM?
Not only is confidentiality important to us, but it is also legally mandated. For patients to succeed in treatment, we are required by law to protect your privacy by complying with the Personal Information and Protection Act (PIPA), the Personal Health Information and Protection Act (PHIPA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) regulations.
Our facilities are also constructed and designed to maximize the privacy of each and every one of our patients, including those attending our outpatient programs.
WHAT IS MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a clinically proven way for those suffering from addiction to overcome their deep-rooted habits to heroin, alcohol, prescription painkillers, and many other substances by:
- Minimizing cravings, which lowers the chances of relapse in each phase of the treatment process
- Safely providing medication that alleviates most of the physical symptoms of withdrawal
HOW LONG IS THE TREATMENT PROCESS?
We pride ourselves on our team’s ability to design treatment plans around patient’s specific needs. Therefore, duration of therapy is individually based on these requirements. To make sure that treatment sticks, the amount of time one might need should be determined by treatment staff, and agreed to by the patient. There are also federal and state regulations which require annual evaluations of patients to determine better whether they should continue in treatment or not.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF OUTPATIENT TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
For many, the thought of an inpatient treatment program sounds scary. You have to take time off work, miss spending quality time with your family, and more… As if addiction hasn’t taken enough away already, right?
This is why, for those few that qualify, outpatient treatment is such an excellent alternative to the commitment of an inpatient treatment regimen. With outpatient treatment, you can tend to your addiction while still living your life.
HOW SOON CAN I START?
Admission into our outpatient treatment program can (and should) start immediately after detox. In terms of detox availability, please contact us so we can get you in touch with an intake representative. Once you’ve completed the intake process, you’ll be admitted into detox right away.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
Yes. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.
WHAT IS MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT?
We work diligently to provide our patients with the most current medical treatments in the field, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is definitively one of the best. It is an approach, backed by medical evidence, which combines brain-stabilizing medication with support services like counseling, drug testing, as well as medical monitoring.
WHY CAN’T I JUST STOP USING DRUGS?
In over 90% of cases, people who are categorized as addicts will relapse within the 6-12 months when attempting an abstinence-only based approach. A majority of those that are seeking treatment are so far along in their addiction process, having gone through repeated cyclical relapses, that they can’t do it alone.
On a chemical level, your brain has become wired to depend on your drug of choice (hence the term “chemical dependency”), which makes stopping tough. Often, there are also underlying reasons that drive an addict to use, such as early childhood trauma, and other types of traumatic experiences, that they have not allowed themselves to process fully. This is not always the case, but it is very common. Our counselors are expertly trained to identify the root causes of substance abuse and provide a structured plan for you.
WHY IS DETOX IMPORTANT?
One of the detox’s most simple functions is it eliminates cravings by easing the patient through withdrawal symptoms. For someone who is struggling with substance abuse to best recover, the physical issues related to addiction have to be relieved. Once removed, the patient can better focus on long-term sobriety, which is a mix of abstinence, behavioral management, and coping systems. However, to get to that point, a proper detox is necessary
HOW SUCCESSFUL HAVE YOU BEEN IN TREATING ADDICTIONS?
Every person who willingly comes into treatment to get help for their addiction is taking the necessary steps to live a better life—that in and of itself is a successful battle in the war against addiction.
We measure success on a day-by-day basis, any patient who is one step closer to permanent sobriety today than they were yesterday, is seen as a success.
Successful sobriety is a hard thing to measure, and we see lifelong abstinence as the ultimate goal. This is our wish for everyone, but each person will have a difficult road ahead of them after completion, and the individual experiences of all individuals who pass through will vary, and it’s not always easy to keep up with everyone who completes our program
If only one person were to go on and live a full life, without the gnawing pressure of addiction, for the rest of their lives, to us that is success enough.